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In a Big Country – Big Country

In a Big Country – Big Country

“In a Big Country” by Big Country is an iconic 1980s one-hit wonder and a lasting example of a distinctive sound transcending playlists, preferences or tastes. That sounds awfully pretentious, so how about I dispense with all that crap and simply claim what “In a Big Country” really is: a great song. Name me another pop song that features guitars that sound like Scottish bag pipes. Name me another song that mixes a drum introduction that teases you … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Video Killed the Radio Star Lyrics – The Buggles

Video Killed the Radio Star Lyrics – The Buggles

Read how “Video Killed The Radio Star” became a one-hit wonder Video Killed The Radio Star lyrics I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two Lying awake intent at tuning in on you If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through Oh-a oh They took the credit for your second symphony Rewritten by machine and new technology And now I understand the problems you can see Oh-a oh I met your children Oh-a oh What did you tell them? Video killed the radio star Video … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

Everyone knows the most common piece of trivia around “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It was the first video played on MTV. Let’s get past that and celebrate The Buggles for what they really were: a breeding ground for one of England’s most amazing music producers ever. Mr. Trevor Horn. The Buggles is a studio creation between Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn (actually, a third guy named Bruce Wooley was in the mix at the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

“Mary’s Prayer” by Danny Wilson sounds like summer to our ears. It’s breezy. It’s completely innocuous. It’s like a little ball of joy wrapped up in a three-and-a-half-minute pop song. It’s hard to imagine Robert Smith of The Cure or Depeche Mode starting one of their songs with these four lines: Everything is wonderful Being here is heavenly Every single day, she says Everything is free So where did this little joyous gem come from? Scotland, of course. Some … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Maybe it’s because I can still remember the MTV debut of this video. Maybe it’s the simple optimism and self-importance of this song. Maybe it’s because they pulled British legends and one-hit wonders into a studio at the same time. Maybe it’s Bono’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” -inspired yelp, George Michael’s comically committed lead vocals or Phil Collins’ pursed lips as he throws down the beat with great conviction and altruistic passion. Maybe it’s the bouncy beat, clanging synthesized bells … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop